Dear Students, Parents, and Teachers,
I am delighted to introduce the American School of Barcelona’s English Language Center, an educational organization that has taught English to thousands of bright, enthusiastic 3-16 year-old students in Barcelona over the past 30 years. As we look forward to 2019-2020, we continue to emphasize our founding principles: imaginative teaching, experiential learning, and extracurriular enrichment, all charged with the excitement of living in one of the most fascinating cities in the world.
One key to our success over the years has been our truly outstanding faculty. I cannot be modest about a group of teachers whose credentials include the Royal College of Music in London, Exeter, University of Chicago, New York City’s School of Visual Arts, Belfast’s Queen’s University, and the University of Aix-en-Provence, among several other prestigious schools and universities. If you could see these teachers in the classroom, where their energy and passion for their subjects and their talent for inspiring students shine so brilliantly, then you would understand why I believe they are the finest faculty assembled in Barcelona for an English language program.
Ultimately, the program depends on the students who enroll, the interests they bring, and the energy they contribute. Our Weekday and Saturday students come from Barcelona and the surrounding areas, but for the past few years we have seen an increasing international trend in our Summer program student body with students from France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Norway, China, Turkey, Ukraine, and Saudi Arabia.
Some students come as beginners learning the foundations of English as a new language, others to extend the basic skills and knowledge they already have acquired; our advanced students attend to polish their oral or written skills or to build strong English proficiency for college; others seek to gain experience in our English Language Center programs before deciding whether to apply for admission to ASB’s PK-12th grade regular program. Most students bring a mixture of purposes. Judging from the feedback of thousands of families we have served over the years, our students preserve not just a quantifiable increase in English fluency, but a transformation in their sense of themselves, their abilities and the place of learning and creativity in their lives.
This coming year will be especially exciting. I hope that as you browse our webpage and attend one of our upcoming informational sessions, you will come to share our returning families’ feelings about the unique opportunities our programs offer. For the right student, there is nothing like learning English at the American School of Barcelona. I look forward to meeting you soon!
ASB English Language Center